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Seagate is on shipment target with 3TB HDD with three platters

Seagate has announced a new storage solution that is the first hard drive in the world to hit the 1TB per platter mark.

The new 3.5” Seagate Barracuda desktop HDD breaks the 1TB areal density barrier and will help to meet the demand for more storage capacity with the glut of digital media that is consumed by your average person today. The new HDD will have 3TB of storage with three platters inside.

Seagate notes that it is on target to ship the drive, but offers no details on what that target ship date is.

“Organizations of all sizes and consumers worldwide are amassing digital content at light speed, generating immense demand for storage of digital content of every imaginable kind,” said Rocky Pimentel, Seagate Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. “We remain keenly focused on delivering the storage capacity, speed and manageability our customers need to thrive in an increasingly digital world.”

Seagate also took the time to talk about its GoFlex Desk products that are reaching 3TB storage capacity using an areal density on internal drives of 625GB per square inch. That is the industry's highest capacity per square inch of space. The GoFlex external HDDs will work with Windows and Mac computers and come with an NTFS driver for Mac computers.

Pricing is unannounced on both the GoFlex and the 3TB Barracuda.



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RE: hold
By Samus on 5/3/2011 6:15:26 PM , Rating: 5
I bought a bunch of 1.5TB Seagate Cuda 7200.11's when they released over two years ago, and 2TB shortly after, and although one of the 1.5TB drives needed the SD1A firmware update, it never "hid" my data like some people reported. Basically Seagate had a simple firmware bug, and had end-users been coherent enough to know how to do a firmware update (easier than a BIOS flash) then the problem would have never been an issue and Seagate would have never had to do data recovery.

Although I do notice more SMART errors across the board on Seagate drives I come across, I haven't seen one fail in a VERY long time...7200.9's seemed to fail here and there circa 2007-2008.

Although nothing, even WD's, have as legendary of reliability as Seagate 7200.7's, remember that 7200.7's were among the lowest performing drives of the time.

People give Seagate so much smack when they're so willing to turn a blind-eye to Hitachi and it's Deathstar line that spanned two entire generations of drives form the 75GXP to 60GXP. It was so serious there was a class-action lawsuit that ended up with over a million members. Even the XBOX RROD hasn't had that many confirmed failures.

But personally, I use WD's these days solely based on performance of the Black Edition and low power consumption of the Caviar Green. I haven't had a problem with either of them.


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By brshoemak on 5/3/2011 9:49:16 PM , Rating: 3
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People give Seagate so much smack when they're so willing to turn a blind-eye to Hitachi and it's Deathstar line that spanned two entire generations of drives form the 75GXP to 60GXP. It was so serious there was a class-action lawsuit that ended up with over a million members. Even the XBOX RROD hasn't had that many confirmed failures. But personally, I use WD's these days solely based on performance of the Black Edition and low power consumption of the Caviar Green. I haven't had a problem with either of them.


To be completely accurate, those GXP 'Deathstars' were not Hitachi drives, they were IBM. Of course Hitachi bought IBM's hard drive division so they absorbed it but seem to have improved their QC quite a bit.

Like you I still prefer WD and also have a couple Black drives (RAID1) and a couple Green Drives (RAID5 + Tivo Premiere), but the Hitachi acting as my external backup drive has been rock solid for some time. The fact that it was only $50 for 2TB after a couple rebates wasn't bad either.


RE: hold
By Lazarus Dark on 5/3/2011 10:04:06 PM , Rating: 2
I jumped on several of those 1.5tb drives when they released as well. One just quit working after a couple months and I had to RMA. But the others are still going, as is the rma replacement drive. It happens, I think people got a bit out of hand in that situation. I RMA'd and they replaced, end of story. It happens, but the fixed it, so there shouldn't have been so much flack about it.


RE: hold
By semo on 5/4/2011 3:43:28 AM , Rating: 2
Great post.

However, we were discussing 2TB drives in general and not older/smaller drives.

Hitachi drives are fine today and no worse than their competitors in terms of reliability.


RE: hold
By Motoman on 5/4/2011 9:19:24 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think anyone "turns a blind eye" to the Deathstar fiasco. I don't know of anyone who doesn't remember it, and still make fun of it.

And as noted before, it had nothing to do with Hitachi. It was all IBM, well before the Hitachi buyout. And indeed, probably had a lot to do with IBM getting out of the hard drive business.


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